How Kari Kauniskangas, CEO of Fiskars, transformed his company

by Kalle Soikkanen
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Fiskars was established as an ironworks business in Finland in 1649, and it has grown to be a leading consumer goods company with brands including Gerber, Waterford, Royal Doulton, and more. Kari Kauniskangas, President and CEO of Fiskars Corporation, discusses the major transformation of his company that began in 2008. He discusses the journey of transformation that Fiskars has undergone and what this has meant for organizational strategy, structure, leadership, and more. He underscores the “absolutely vital choices” made while identifying and recruiting top talent, whether from within or outside the company. Kauniskangas’ pivotal role at Fiskars over the past eight years undoubtedly makes him a GAMECHANGER in today’s executive ranks.

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